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Dishonored Trailer

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Dishonored Trailer

Bethesda Softworks have revealed the source of that teaser image on their twitter – the trailer for their upcoming game Dishonored.

Players take on the role of an otherworldly assassin driven to avenge the death of the Empress under your charge. Framed for the Empress’ death, you seek out the real killers. But bringing them to justice won’t be easy: the city itself is controlled by a corrupt government who have strange technological devices, and threatened by a deadly plague.

This wont be just any “kill targets and win” game. Dishonored features a flexible combat system mixing ordinary weapons, cool gadgets, and supernatural powers given to you by dark forces. The player can launch stealthy night attacks or turn the city into a battleground with vengeful, open assaults during the day. The choices you make will determine the outcome of each mission.

No release date has been announced yet, but feast your eyes on the trailer below.

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to Feature Kinect Support Soon

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to Feature Kinect Support Soon

Kinect users  will finally be able to utilize the voice command function of the Xbox 360 peripheral in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in a coming title update this month. Whether you want to switch from your bow to your double axe on the fly or asking Lydia to continue her sworn oath to carry your burdens these functions and more will all be things you can simply do by saying a word or a short phrase. Perhaps you have been saying the dragon shouts all along to feel even more like a (insert your favorite race name here) Dragonborn. Well, your practice with the ancient dragon tongue will not have been in vain as you can use any shout by simply saying the words.

This update will be free and comes out ahead of another game addon, featuring new quests/locations/features/other goodies, exclusive to the Xbox 360 that Bethesda Game Studios is working on. You may feast your eyeballs on the actual video below via IGN.

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Bethesda Softworks Regains Rights to Fallout MMO

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Bethesda Softworks Regains Rights to Fallout MMO

The rights to a potential Fallout MMO have landed back home at Bethesda Softworks, concluding a battle between Interplay and Bethesday since April 2009 when Interplay missed a two-year deadline to acquire funding and begin development.

Interplay pointed fingers at Masthead Studios, claiming that they already sublicensed the title for development, and that said development was underway. Bethesda, not entertained by any of this, sued both companies.

Interplay gave up the license for a paltry settlement of 2 million dollars; how is that for business savvy? Masthead refuted the claim that they had anything to do with this mess, and agreed never to develop anything related to Fallout.

On a partly related note: the legal team that brought this victory is the same one suing Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, over their new title Scrolls. Apparently, Bethesda/ZeniMax believe they own the rights to use the word “scrolls” in a fantasy setting. Mojang has won out against a temporary injunction; we will follow up as that story progresses.

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Upcoming Skyrim Patch to Fix PS3 Lag

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Upcoming Skyrim Patch to Fix PS3 Lag

Saying an entry in Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls series usually has some bugs is a huge understatement.  Most fans of the series are very tolerant of the glitches that come with the game, most of them enjoying their results and posting them on the web.

But today Bethesda promised relief from some of the worst bugs for console players of their latest game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition

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Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition

Is exploring the embattled landscapes of Skyrim not going to be enough for you?  Will you need your very own Anduin god statue sitting next to you while battling him on-screen?  Fortunately for us, Bethesda Softworks has announced today the release of a collector’s edition for the highly anticipated The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. 

The limited collector’s edition will be available for pre-order for Xbox360, Playstation, and Microsoft Windows for $149.99 (US), €149.99 (Europe), £129.99 (UK), and A$199.99 (Australia).

What can you expect in this highly limited collector’s edition (besides your own Anduin statue)?  Read the official press release below.

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Take a Tour of Bethesda Studios, Wish You Worked There

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Take a Tour of Bethesda Studios, Wish You Worked There

Why is it that programming and video game companies constantly seem to be the kind of places you’ve always dreamed of working at?  While I certainly don’t regret my personal career choice, hanging out at Bethesda Studios all day doesn’t sound like a bad secondary choice either.  Come look at how some of the luckiest men and women in the world do their work every day, guided by the ever upbeat Game Director, Todd Howard.

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Bethesda Discusses More Details for Skyrim

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Bethesda Discusses More Details for Skyrim

Todd Howard, Game Director for Bethesda Game Studios, sat down with the German gaming website Gameswelt to discuss some more details of the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  In the 14-minute clip, we hear a little bit more about the details of playing in Skryim and what we can expect to be different and simliar from the previous Elder Scrolls.

Howard discusses that the goal going into developing Skyrim was to explore the Norse culture of Tamriel.  Where Morrowind brought a “stranger in a strange land” feel to Elder Scrolls, Skyrim will follow Oblivion’s mythology and fantasy feel with more development on specific Norse mythology.

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Bethesda Teams Up With Dark Horse to Release RAGE Comics [Wait, what?]

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Bethesda Teams Up With Dark Horse to Release RAGE Comics [Wait, what?]

On June 22nd, Bethesda and Dark Horse Comics will release a three-issue comic series based on the upcoming game, RAGE. No doubt, this is just another way to get the name of the game buzzing in the geek-o-sphere. RAGE comes out in stores on September 13th in North America and the 16th in Europe.

This comic series, developed with the direct participation of RAGE‘s creative director, Tim Willits, presents a new twist on the post-apocalyptic near future as one woman discovers that the survival of humankind doesn’t necessarily mean the survival of humanity.  The Earth has been devastated by a collision with an asteroid, with a tiny fraction of the population surviving in life-sustaining Arks buried deep below its surface. Those who survive emerge to find a wasteland controlled by a global military dictatorship called the Authority. But a rescued scientist learns that the Authority has lied to her and the other survivors about how this new world came to be.

Here’s to hoping one of the speech bubbles will say “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU.” Or, at the very least, have a panel with an easter egg saying “F7U12.”

Full press release below.

Update: Cover art has also been released.

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Voice Talent of Lucy Lawless to Appear In Upcoming Bethesda Game

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Voice Talent of Lucy Lawless to Appear In Upcoming Bethesda Game

Bethesda Softworks announced yesterday that Lucy Lawless (of Xena: Warrior Princess fame) will lend her voice to its upcoming game Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

Hunted is a fantasy action game that will be released June 1 in North America and June 3 in Europe for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Games for Windows. Lawless adds her voice for Seraphine, a spirit guide under the influence of the Demon’s Forge, set on luring the game’s main characters into danger and adventure.

And despite her character’s evil intentions, Lawless is reportedly thrilled to be playing the role. “After playing the heroine for so long it’s refreshing to portray such a villainous, seductive temptress!” she said.

Go to http://www.huntedthegame.com/ to find out more about Hunted.

Top 5 Games of the Fall

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Top 5 Games of the Fall

August is here and that means one last month of summer.  So while we frantically try and cram everything we didn’t get around to doing this summer because we were too busy trying to beat Demon Souls, seriously that game hates you, we can look forward to the weather getting colder and the games getting bigger.  With fall just around the bend I thought this would be a good time to look at the Top 5 Games of the Fall.  So here we go!

5) Fable 3

It's good to be King

Peter Molyneux might run his mouth a little too much for some gamers.  In fact a lot of gamers can’t stand the thought of him because of the promises he fails to deliver on.  I like to think that his enthusiasm gets the better of him, and though he doesn’t always deliver on every promise he makes he still makes some really great games.  Regardless, I played the first Fable over and over again, trying to find every silver key and open every demon door.  In the second Fable I own every building I can possibly own.  You should buy the castle, it’s awesome.  However, Fable 2 was a little short for my liking, as I seemed to blaze through it in the time it would take me to get through a shooter.  So naturally Fable 3 is a game that I am very excited about.  Fable has an air of accessibility to it that many Role Playing games just don’t possess.  I just hope the third one can continue the excellence of the series.  And be a little longer.

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